After introducing yourselves during week one, you will participate in weekly discussions boards. Initial posts are due by Thursday at 11:59 PM CT, to make sure there is time for adequate discussion of everyone’s posts. The ‘must post first’ rule applies: you must make your initial post prior to reading anyone else’s posts. These answers to questions should be substantive and complete, in your own words, with quotations held to a minimum.
In addition, at least two reply posts per week are required as a way to facilitate discussion. Responses are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT), although the earlier you do your reply posts, the more time for discussion there is. Reply posts should be substantive, indicating whether you agree or disagree with the posts you are replying to, and why. Or, you can provide additional information that is pertinent to the post you are replying to. You can also ask a question. When questions are asked, those of whom they are asked should plan to reply to them as part of their reply posts for the week. So if you ask a question, please make sure it is early enough to give time for a reply. The goal is to generate fruitful discussion for everyone’s benefit.
Please proofread your posts for the usual spelling, grammar, punctuation errors, etc. Your writing represents you, and you should take your presentation seriously.
Discussions are worth 25 points, for a total of 200 points for the entire course. You will get complete credit for the Discussion if you follow the above guidelines. Your initial post is worth 15 points, and your combined reply posts are worth another 10 points.. I reserve the right to lower point grades for incomplete posts, badly written posts, or irrelevant posts. You do not have to understand everything in order to get full credit for your initial post; its purpose is to show what you’ve been able to understand on your own; the purpose of the discussion is to remedy any deficiencies.
While partial credit may be given for late initial posts, posts will not be accepted after the discussion is over at the end of each week, except under extraordinary circumstances.
MindTap Homework assignments are exercises found in MindTap, the online component for the Hurley text. Each is a series of problems worth a total of 20 points. They are due by 11:59 PM CT Sundays. These are automatically graded and you will see your grades for these in MindTap immediately after completion. Grades will be transferred into your D2L gradebook weekly.
There are two Essay Analyses assignments that require you to read an assigned article and summarize and comment on it with a 2-3 page written essay. You may use APA, MLA, or Chicago style format for the essays. Each is worth 40 points and due on Sunday of the assigned week by 11:59 PM CT. Essays are graded on completeness, clarity, and logical rigor.
There are five open-book quizzes, completed in D2L, worth 32 points each. Quizzes consist of a combination of multiple choice, short answer, or essay questions on textbook readings. They are due by 11:59 PM CT Sunday of the assigned week (2,3,5,6, and 7).
The Midterm exam will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, and brief essay questions, and covers material from weeks 1 through 4. The exam must be completed by Sunday at 11:59 PM CT of Week 4. You will take this exam within the D2L environment; you will have 120 minutes. This is a closed-book exam and must be taken under supervision of a proctor. It is is worth 200 points. After taking the exam, you will be able to see which questions you answered incorrectly.
The Final Exam will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, and brief essay questions, and covers material from Weeks 5 through 8. The exam must be completed by Saturday at 11:59 PM CT of Week 8. You will take this exam within the D2L environment; you will have 120 minutes. This is a closed-book exam and must be taken under supervision of a proctor. It is worth 200 points. After taking the exam, you will be able to see which questions you answered incorrectly.